Lap Desk

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Project by LifesGood1 posted 05-01-2009 04:10 AM 1740 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I just went back to school and definitely needed more space to work and came up with this. My brother had something like this about twelve years ago and I really liked the idea. I got the cedar from my neighbors torn down fence and bought the canvas for about two dollars at hobby lobby. After cut and planed the cedar, I decided to give a shot at jointing them together using the tongue and groove. I used a scrap piece of 1/8in ply I got at Lowe’s for 25cents and the stuffing from a chewed up pillow(Thanks dog!) to make the back. I then epoxied the two pieces together and this is what I got! Two dollars and 25 cents later I have a lap desk I’ve seen sold for 40 bucks. My only regret is trying to hammer flattend copper tubing in it for my initials. I thought cedar was softer than it actually was.

-- Jerod, Austin

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#1 posted 05-01-2009 04:41 AM

that wood is great…good idea…

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#2 posted 05-01-2009 04:43 AM

Looks good!! How did you make the tongue & groove?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 05-01-2009 05:12 AM

I just bought one of those cheapo router/table combos. I was messing around with it and used a 1/2in rabbeting bit. That’s why each one is a little different than the other. I figured since I’m epoxying ply onto the back, it didnt matter much. Even though the combo doesn’t do everything I want, my work has improved 3 fold with a router.

-- Jerod, Austin

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#4 posted 05-01-2009 07:41 AM

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